Size and fit

The Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit is offered for men and women. Males can pick their ideal size from 5-14 while the ladies can choose from varying sizes ranging from 5-13. These sneakers offer a sock-like and secure fit because of its Primeknit upper. More so, because it sports a traditional lace-up closure, a snug fit is ensured.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Style

Although the original design of the NMD is already streamlined, the NMD Racer PK takes the minimalism style even further. These sneakers are highly inspired by the 80s running shoes. It fuses the easily identifiable NMD details and the stripped back design of the Adidas NMD Racer.

The upper stays true to the stretchy monochromatic Primeknit upper but is contrasted with bright pink and neon yellow accents on the outsole. It dons a stroke-like detailing that is reminiscent of speed. It is further enhanced with a gradient embroidery along the arch and the vamp.

Notable Features

As one of the many variations of the NMD, there are a few upgrades that were injected on the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit. One of which is the placement of the EVA heel plugs which was extended to the back part of the heel, contrasting to the original NMDs that sport shorter heel plugs.

The medial side of the outsole has neon green and bright pink clasps, having textures similar to pebbles. These detailing and color extend on the outsole, giving it more traction. The outsole of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit is commendable as it is the first model of NMD to have an arch plate. It boosts the arch support, making it more comfortable.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit History

Released in 2015, the Adidas NMD is one of the brand's upcoming icons. These  Adidas sneakers are inspired by Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micropacer. One of the goals of Nic Galway, the Senior VP for Global Design, was to create a sneaker designed unlikely of the Boost, a trainer that is new and exciting with small hints of the past.

During the design process, Galway's designers were allowed to pull sneakers from the archives but averted to take them on their desks. The primary purpose of this practice is to help the designers only remember the details that stood out to them instead of recreating a shoe.

NMD stands for "Nomad," which translates to a person who is always on the move. People who are always traveling and not bounded by anything were in mind during the conceptualization. Its design is then translated to a minimalist approach wherein every stitch and piece of the sneaker serves a specific purpose.

As with most Boost soles, the sneaker gained hype and instantly sold out. It paved the way for more releases of the NMD's including the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit, which is a follow up to the original NMD Racer.

Additional Info

  • Like other NMDs, the upper of these feature Primeknit. However, for this, it was composed of a stretchier Primeknit.
  • The Boost is also a staple NMD technology. Dubbed as the most responsive cushioning that provides high levels of energy return, it is evident why the NMD_Racer Primeknit is incorporated with this.
  • It has the signature NMD heel pull that has texts "With the Three Stripes" in different languages. The writing, although the same for all, is not positioned the same for all models as it depends on where the manufacturer cuts the texts.
  • Unlike the other NMD models, the insole of these are non-removable and doesn't feature Boost windows.


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